By Leo Hamel
A fine Swiss watch can last for generations and still be running strong 100 years from now. Everyone considers cost, especially in this economy, but in the long run it can be more economical to buy a good Swiss watch that will last for years rather than buying cheaper watches again and again. Swiss watches are crafted with exacting care and subjected to rigorous quality control measures before being presented for sale. A fine watch is a wonderful heirloom to pass on to your children.
However, proper care is necessary for a fine timepiece to stay in optimum working condition and hold its value. Just like a car, a Swiss watch needs to get a tune up for its best performance. A full service is recommended every 3-5 years for maintenance. Our master watchmaker performs a full clean and overhaul, dismantling the timepiece to examine the movement and all parts. We provide an estimate for any worn parts that need to be replaced. The movement will be lubricated and pressure tested, and the time-keeping adjusted and regulated. We also include a full exterior refinish, buffing and polishing the watch case and bracelet to look as new again.
Once your watch is in tip-top condition, keep it on a watch winder whenever you’re not wearing it. A Wolf Design watch winder moves the watch in a circular pattern to approximate the human motion that keep the self-winding mechanism working while the watch is being worn. Using a watch winder protects the longevity of your watch because it keeps the mainspring at its optimum tension and disperses the oils used for lubrication evenly while the watch is not on your wrist.
Here at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, we have a broad selection of heirloom-quality Swiss watches for every taste and budget and the know-how to make them last a lifetime and beyond.